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UN could get expanded mandate in Afghanistan, Secretary-General says

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said the United Nations, which is currently providing humanitarian aid to Afghanistan while promoting a political settlement, could in the future have a greater role to play in the country.

Lack of border access in Pakistan frustrating relief efforts for Afghanistan: UNHCR

Lack of access to border areas in Pakistan today continued for the fourth straight day to stymie efforts by United Nations relief agencies to inject urgently needed humanitarian assistance into Afghanistan.

UN refugee agency faces difficulties constructing camps in Pakistan

With the security situation in Pakistan posing serious obstacles to the humanitarian effort under way in the region, work on prospective refugee campsites in Quetta and Peshawar remained on hold for the third day in a row, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

UN reports Taliban attacks on anti-landmine non-governmental organizations

Attacks on personnel working to remove deadly landmines from Afghanistan are on the rise, a United Nations spokesperson reported today.

East Timor assembly submits main themes for first constitution: UN mission

East Timor's Constituent Assembly today presented the main themes that would be considered by four working groups in drawing up the territory's first constitution, the United Nations Transitional Administration (UNTAET) said.

Four workers for UN mine-clearing agency first reported civilian deaths in Afghanistan

Four members of a local mine-clearing organization funded by the United Nations were killed in Afghanistan last night during the bombardment of the capital, Kabul, a UN spokesperson said today.

Security Council members voice 'grave concern' over plight of Afghans

Expressing "grave concern" about the current humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, members of the Security Council today emphasized the need for the relief effort in the country.

Annan: UN working to help Afghan civilians, protect aid personnel

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said the United Nations was continuing its efforts to bring aid to the suffering people of Afghanistan while working to protect its personnel in the country.

Despite 'precarious' security situation, aid build-up in Pakistan continues: UN agency

Despite a precarious security situation and logistical problems in Pakistan's border areas, a build-up of humanitarian supplies continued today, a spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.

UN special envoy for human rights in Myanmar arrives for 10-day visit

A United Nations special envoy arrived today in Myanmar for a 10-day visit to look at the human rights situation in that country.